Counterterrorism and Preventive Repression: China’s Changing Strategy in Xinjiang

Author
Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Myunghee Lee, Emir Yazici
Content Type
Journal Article
Journal
International Security
Volume
44
Issue Number
3
Publication Date
Winter 2020
Institution
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University
Abstract
In early 2017, the Chinese Communist Party changed its internal security strategy in Xinjiang, escalating collective detention, ideological re-education, and pressure on Uyghur diaspora networks. This strategy shift was likely catalyzed by changing perceptions of Uyghur involvement in transnational Islamic militancy in Southeast Asia and the Middle East, heightening perceived domestic vulnerability to terrorism.
Topic
Security, Human Rights, Minorities, Counter-terrorism, Repression
Political Geography
China, Asia, Xinjiang